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Beer is a wonderful thing You can have a casual relationship with it or a full-fledged love affair You can stay true to your high school sweetheart or you can have a string of torrid meaningless short-term affairs that rival the appetites of James Bond or Don Juan However we are living in an informed age and if you are going to drink beer you should obtain a basic knowledge of your choices and the differences between them All beer can be broken down into two different categories lager and ale Because breweries make beer in two ways The yeast which beer needs to produce alcohol ferments either on the top for ale or on bottom for lager of a large metal tank called a mash tun The two methods create two very different results Another main difference in producing beer is in the temperature during fermentation Most ales ferment at around seventy degrees Fahrenheit lagers ferment about fifteen degrees lower The differences in temperature cause the yeast to either rise or fall The yeast and fermentation temperatures play an important role in the flavor of the beer Ale and lager share the same benefits of a rich variety of flavors and aromas due to the yeast used However ales tend to be more robust and fuller flavored because of the warmer fermentation Colder fermentation tends to rob the lager of flavor because colder temperatures subdue fermentation activity This is why lager beers take longer to ferment Lager in one form or another is what most people in the United States prefer From the humble Budweiser to the sophisticated Marzen or Bock most breweries in America make lagers and this is why lager beer is the most accessible in our country The positive characteristics of lager are that it is
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